LeBron, Cavs Try To Shake 'Weird' Loss In Game 3 To Celtics

"Thank God it's bouncing on the rim because that's taking time", Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters.

Trailing 77-56 with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, the Celtics engineered a most stunning comeback, the second that National Basketball Association fans have witnessed in as many Sundays in May. "He was happy. He was excited", Bradley said.

Marcus Smart wasn't ready for that to happen.

In addition to G Marcus Smart, F Amir Johnson also rejoined the Boston lineup after being replaced by Gerald Green in Game 2.

Irving and Love both made a three-pointer with less than two minutes to go in the first quarter and the Cavs led 35-24 heading into the second quarter. "We all draw inspiration from his presence, knowing what he's going through. It's our job to make sure that we defend him as best we can and just make every - take other guys out of the game". "Everybody did their part".

According to cleveland.com, James' teams are 1-10 in the playoffs when he scores 15 or fewer points.

The Cavaliers dropped to 10-1 in the post-season with their first loss since game four of last year's finals against Golden State. Game 4 in Cleveland will be Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. CST on TNT.

"You nearly knew that that shot [Bradley's winner] was going to go in", said James.

The Warriors maintained a 14-point cushion at half-time to lead 65-51 and opened the second half with a 25-foot three-pointer from Thompson to make it 68-51.

Boston played like a completely different team while he was on the court, and he had a game-best plus-minus rating of plus-22 to show for it.

"It's great to be one of the last two teams standing - we'll see what happens", he said.

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The friendly bounces on the game-winning shot by Bradley weren't the only good fortune the Celtics saw on Sunday night - Cavaliers star LeBron James had one of his worst outings of his playoff career.

Jonas Jerebko was incredible off the bench in the second half after not appearing in the first. "As soon as the ball went out his hands, you kind of knew that shot was going to go in because of how the game was just played throughout the second half".

When it was announced Celtics superstar Isaiah Thomas would miss the remainder of the playoffs with a hip injury, the Celtics were written off as dead men walking. Odd things happen when players hit shots.

Stevens added, "The guy is a tremendous basketball player".

They earned their way back into the series.

Thomas, of course, has been ruled out for the postseason with a hip injury.

Love got hot again from deep and made a couple more three-pointers to lead the Cavs into half-time ahead 66-50.

"We're not in a rush", said the Celtics president, who said that so far Thomas' meetings have been with team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and his medical group. “Yeah, I think they would have beaten all those teams, too, ” he said, drawing laughter.

Cavaliers: James came in needing 73 points to pass Michael Jordan as the top scorer in postseason history.

"We lost the game", said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue. "That was a tight group", he said.

It was the third consecutive series sweep of the 2017 postseason for the Warriors, who are now 12-0 in the playoffs heading into the finals.


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